Friday, October 25, 2013

No Pictures From My Youth, No Visual Proof Of What I Say

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When I wore a younger man's clothes I looked much different than I do today.  I've tried to explain to my sons this fact but I know it is hard for them to envision their old, nearly 50 year old dad as a bulked up 18 year old with a 47 inch chest and 32 inch waist.  There aren't any pictures from then except for the requisite family holiday pose.  We just didn't take a lot of pictures, and a "selfy" wasn't really invented yet.   So there is no way to share that part of my life with them.

To be fair I don't recall ever seeing very many, if any, pictures of my parents as kids and young adults aside from the yearbook head shots, so my kids shouldn't feel jilted in anyway.  But their kids, yea they will see every day of my sons' life.  It may take them hours or days to file through all the snap shots, home video, phone pictures and videos, selfies, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like but they will have a very clear picture.  It may not be a great thing.  Maybe memories are better than captured reality.

*** Oh, by the way I'm now a 43 inch chest and 33 inch waist.  Not too bad.

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